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Coffee & Valkyries, Episode 2: Flowcharts

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That right there is a NWSL trade. Now let’s talk about the NWSL trades. Can we talk about the NWSL trades, please, Mac?

First and foremost, thank you for the appreciation and excitement about our launch of a podcast about everyone’s favorite NWSL team, the Seattle Reign FC. For our second episode, the amazing mind behind the Valkyratings (Reign FC player ratings) joined us to record this week. Here’s what we talked about:

When a trade happens in the NWSL, sometimes the bigger story is what becomes of the draft picks, if one has the ambition to track them. Steve Voght, fellow Ride of the Valkyries contributor, sat down with Susie & Jacob to talk about how some of the Reign FC moves have resulted in players joining this year’s squad out of sheer happenstance. We also discuss what we’ve learned from those that played on national team duty in this latest FIFA break, and preview the matches at Sky Blue FC and North Carolina Courage. And most important of all, Steve explains why he’d rather be a pirate than a ninja.

For those curious about the gigantic trade flowchart discussed in this episode and the moves Steve describes that led to new Reign FC centerback Megan Oyster being on the Boston Breakers at the time of their dissolution and the dispersal draft, here’s a simplified chart focused on the trades discussed on the show, as well as some related trades that led to the acquisition of other current and former Reign FC players such as Danielle Foxhoven, Merritt Mathias and Amanda Frisbie (click here for a larger version of the image if you’re having trouble seeing the details on this page.)

As you can see, there are a lot of branches that could be followed much further, particularly related to Sydney Leroux, Kristie Mewis and Jess McDonald as they moved between teams.

Also in this episode, Susie talks about how Ride of the Valkyries got its name and we answer some questions we received on Twitter. Enjoy!